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Alameda Health Consortium Welcomes Melanie Schoenberg

Melanie Schoenberg
Chief Policy & External Affairs Officer

Drawn toward serving the local community, Melanie Schoenberg joined the Alameda Health Consortium (AHC) in May, 2020 as the Chief Policy & External Affairs Officer. She has 15 years of experience working with health care delivery systems, several years of which were spent dedicated to safety net policy and advocacy.

Prior to joining AHC, Schoenberg focused on primary care strategy, chronic care programs, policy, and quality improvement for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California medical group. The last few months of her time there were focused exclusively on COVID-19 response, initially in helping to stand up containment and mitigation operational strategies that were shared throughout California and the nation, and then serving as the Regional Command Center’s Incident Commander’s Chief of Staff.  Schoenberg’s responsibilities included achieving alignment on COVID-19 strategy across regional leadership and facilitating communications with the 21 medical center’s local leaders.

Before joining Kaiser, Schoenberg was a national expert on Medicaid waiver programs to transform care delivery from episodic treatment of disease to population health management through performance-based financing.  She played a significant role in the development of the three largest programs: California, Texas and New York.  In that capacity, Schoenberg helped more than 45 hospital systems, academic medical centers and local health agencies work with state associations, state Medicaid agencies, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop and implement multimillion-dollar strategic plans.  Schoenberg was the lead author of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission & National Academy of State Health Policy report that highlighted these programs and was featured in the June 2015 Report to Congress on Medicaid.

Prior to that, Schoenberg was the Assistant Director of Policy at the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH).  As such, she managed a public policy portfolio of state and federal legislation and regulations as well as advanced strategic stakeholder relationships.

Before joining CAPH, Schoenberg consulted health systems across the nation on strategy, finance and operations as part of Ernst & Young’s health care advisory practice.  With colleagues, she co-authored the award-winning article for HFM, “Physician Integration is Back – and More Important than Ever.”

Schoenberg has earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in health care process improvement, and she holds a master’s degree from Trinity College Dublin and a bachelor’s from Emory University.